9 Top attractions and things to do in London with kids

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With a perfect slice of royalty, art, culture, history, and a generous helping of fun and entertainment, London is an attractive package for a family trip.

London is a melting pot of art, culture, history, and entertainment. The most visited city and capital of the United Kingdom has lots to offer for children and your days are sure to be packed with activity. Our travel guide gives you the best attractions you can cover when on a holiday with kids.

When to visit

The warm summer months from June to August are the best months to visit. It could be the busiest months and hence heavy on the pockets, though. Spring time from March to May could be a good bet too if you want to avoid the crowds. London has a cloud cover, always. So, beware of some unexpected showers.

  • Tip: The month of May would be your best bet with schools being off and spring just setting in.

Apart from the not-to-miss iconic attractions, London has so much to offer. From parks and museums to theaters and flea markets, there’s something for everyone. Pick the categories to plan your own itinerary and you’ll still have plenty of options to choose from within.

The Iconic Landmarks

London is synonymous with some iconic landmarks that define the city. So, don’t forget to include these in your travel itinerary.

1. Tower of London

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The imposing fortress on River Thames is layered with history. Keep the kids enthralled with interesting trivia about the castle that was once the home of the Royals before it also became a prison. The Crown of Jewels of England is on display here.

2. London Eye

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It is a perfect way to view the city skyline and spot the key landmarks. The South Bank area around the London Eye is also great fun with street performers keeping you entertained through the day and a carousel for kids.

  • Tip: Make sure you book the tickets online to save time on the long queues.

3. The Buckingham Palace

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When in London, can you miss visiting the Queen? The palace is open to the public in summer. Take the multimedia tour targeted at kids under twelve, The Family Pavilion that has a lot of fun activities for kids and adults, and the garden trail to enjoy the greens.

  • Tip: Did you know the queen arrived in the State rooms through a secret door? Don’t miss spotting it.

The Big Ben, The Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Westminster Abbey are other landmarks you don’t want to miss.

4. The Royal Parks, Gardens and Zoo

Beautiful, well-maintained, lush green parks with little ponds make for lovely outings or picnics. You’ll find several such sprawling royal parks in London for the kids to explore and run about unfettered.

Kensington Gardens

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Kensington Gardens around the Kensington Palace has a lovely playground complete with a pirate ship, sensory trails and play sculptures and has been built as a tribute to Princess Diana.


Hyde Park

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Hyde Park, its neighbor separated by a lake, Serpentine, is equally huge and gorgeous. You can spot plenty of birds and even feed squirrels and ducks.


Regent’s Park

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Regent’s Park spans about 400 acres of green area that includes Queen Mary’s Gardens housing 400 varieties of beautiful roses. The park also features an open air theatre, the London Zoo, and Primrose Hill which allows free access to the country’s largest waterfowl collection of 100 wild birds.

5. Museums

You might perceive museums to be stressful with having to keep kids away from touching all the exhibits. Not so in London. With exhibits accessible to children, museums in London are very kid-friendly.

Science Museum

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Get hands on at the Science Museum with its interactive exhibits. With a three-meter-high Spacelab, a Beagle 2 Mars Lander, interesting science experiments, and flight simulators, it’ll be difficult to get the kids out of this place.


Natural History Museum

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Meet the blue whale and T-Rex here or be alarmed by the earthquake simulator that shakes the ground beneath you and has you shrieking in mock fear.


Transport Museum

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Have the kids sit in the driver’s seat on a red bus or board a steam engine. They could repair a tube or guide a Northern line simulator too. A fun place for all, surely!


Old Operating Theater Museum

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Be prepared to get spooked with hideous exhibits, treading on steep, creaky wooden stairs that lead to Europe’s oldest pre-anesthetic operating theater that features sanitized re-enactments.

6. Theatres

London is dotted with abundant theaters that pack a good deal of culture, art and entertainment aimed at kids.

Little Angel Theatre: If you have kids below five years of age, you can treat them to a lovely blend of stories and visual delight at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington.

King’s Cross Theatre: Don’t miss the charming play “The Railway Children” based on a novel that runs at the King’s Cross theater. Kids will adore the fact that they have a stage built around a real steam engine!

Unicorn Theatre: With two bright performing spaces, this is reputed to be one of London’s finest theatres has a good deal of events lined up for older kids (5+)

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: A beautiful outdoor theatre auditorium nestled within Regent’s Park makes for a fabulous setting. Of course, you’ve to pray it doesn’t rain!

  • Tip: Most theater-shows are aimed at kids above 5, so make sure to check the age criteria well in advance.

7. Theme Parks: Peppa Pig World at Paulton’s park

If you have children that adore Peppa Pig, then this is a theme park you should not miss taking them to. A part of the Paulton’s Theme Park at Hampshire, it brings alive Peppa’s world for kids and is the perfect way to spend half a day.

At the Park

The theme park is perfect for pre-school kids with 7 fascinating rides like Miss Rabbit’s helicopter rides and Windy Castle that have been made especially for them. Aside from this, there is plenty of space for them to run around, meet the characters at special times, an indoor play area, a cafeteria for snacks and a lovely dedicated Peppa Pig toy shop. Older kids will have an exciting time on rides like Cobra roller coasters, Edge, and the Land of the Dinosaurs.

  • Tips:
    Since the place is located on the outskirts, you can take a train to Southampton, stay overnight here, and hire a cab to get around Hampshire.
    Book tickets online. Children under 1m of height are allowed to enter free of cost.

8. Where to eat

When in London with kids, you don’t have to be worried about stepping out of line in a formal dining set-up. Most restaurants are extremely kids-friendly with courteous and understanding staff.

  • Visit Carluccio, an Italian joint that has a special kids menu. They even hand out a colouring book if your kid is interested; a great way to enjoy a meal and keep the child entertained and happy, right?
  • Homeslice is another place if you or your kids fancy eating Pizzas. It indeed sports a home-like cozy and relaxed ambience.
  • Other recommendations include a Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at Sanderson’s hotel or the Charlie and the Chesterfield Afternoon Tea at the Chesterfield hotel in Mayfair.

9. Shopping in London

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Central London is full of lovely little stores to pop into and Oxford Street, especially, is a shopper’s paradise. For children, the best places would be the Disney Store on Oxford Street, Hamley’s on Regent Street or Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop in Covent Garden. Don’t miss a visit to the huge M&M’s store on Leicester Square.

  • Special recommendation: Covent Garden Market for some street entertainment, plenty of eating, and shopping that includes a Disney store. Need we say more?

Transport in and around London

London has many airports but the best connected is Heathrow. From Heathrow, the fastest connection to the center of town is the Heathrow Express to Paddington station. A slower but economical option is to take the Piccadilly Line tube to Central London.

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Around London: London has a fabulous public transport and connected all around with tubes and buses. The double-decker buses are a hit with kids and we’d recommend that to add the fun element while moving around.
Uber is easiest while other cabs like Black cabs and mini cabs come at a higher price.

  • Tip: Get yourself an Oyster card, a pay-as-you-go smart card used for all public transport in London and available at stations and newsagents all over the city. Kids below 11 travel free.

Accommodation and General Tips

It’s recommended to look out for options that are more centrally located and dependent on your budget. Airbnb offers some good apartment options that will give you a feeling of being a resident rather than a tourist.

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While in London, shop at local supermarkets like the Tesco or Waitrose and gorge on a delicious English breakfast along with huge strawberries and scrumptious pastries.

We hope you have as much fun holidaying in London as we’ve had putting together our recommendations and suggestions. We’d love to hear your travel stories, so please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions.

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